The Vancouver Fringe Festival is about to open, and I've got an idea. Want to join me for opening night at PT? Thursday, September 9. We'll see three of the four one-person-shows I've hand-picked for our stage during the Fringe. Each show is about an hour, with about an hour between each to talk together in the lobby about the plays, and perhaps even be joined by the performers.
MIRACLE IN RWANDA - 5pm
The remarkable, inspiring story of a woman who survived the Rwanda genocide. PT regular Kerry Vandergriend championed this one, an internationally acclaimed piece by actress Leslie Lewis Sword, who moved to Vancouver about a year ago. The show repeats at 11pm if the 5:00 show is too early for you to catch.
DIRT - 7pm
I met Chris Domig at Schloss Mitterill in Austria about five years ago when I let an arts conference there. Since then he's earned his MFA from SMU (same program that Craig Erickson graduated from), moved to NYC and won Best Actor accolades for his performance of DIRT in the 2008 NY Fringe. Expect an extraordinary performance: I hear there are one or two other actors in New York.
STRETCH DOG - 9pm
Rob Olguin is a TWU theatre grad who apprenticed at PT before getting an MFA at U of Washington, one of North America's premiere training programs. This largely comic piece is in fact the inaugural production of his Glass City Theatre, the company-in-residence at Pacific Theatre this season. (Watch for their production next spring of Jesus Hopped The A Train by Last Days Of Judas Iscariot author Stephen Adly Giurgis.)
The one show we won't be able to see Thursday is Giovanni Mocibob's performance of CONFESSIONS OF A PAPERBOY, which opens Friday at 11pm - a guaranteed PT crowd favourite, I'm not kidding. (Unfortunately I'll be out of town Friday, which is why we're doing this Fringe Opening thing Thursday.)
All four shows continue through to the end of the Fringe, Sep 19.
Here's a link to a bit more on each of the shows. I'll follow this up with an email about other PT folks with Fringe shows - ESCAPE ARTISTS I, THE MALTSE BODKIN, and DEADLEY - but wanted to let you know about the Thursday shindig in time for you to include it in your plans.
By the way, you order tickets through The Fringe Festival, not through the PT box office. Though I'm pretty sure there'll be tickets available at the door.
See you then!